Apotheosis of Hercules gem

Apotheothis of Hercules Poniatowski gem

Engraved gem with scene of Hercules carried by the Eagle of Zeus

Italian, Neo-Classical, late 18th Century.

Carnelian, length of gem: 1 1/8 inches, 3cm

Set into an 18k gold necklace by Bulgari, ca 1980's

Gem originally from the Poniatowski Collection, sold Christies London, 1839, no. 420.  The Wellington Gems 1977, S.J. Phillips, London.

Inventory #00460

For complete information see my blog post: http://tomswope.blogspot.com/2016/02/another-poniatowski-gem.html